Why it matters to have teachers with a love of learning

Dance Teacher Summit- New York City

At the top of our game

The Dance Teacher Summit brings together dance teachers and studio owners from all across the world! In this exciting weekend teachers meet for a series of master dance classes from legends in the business. Our instructors experienced classes in musical theater, contemporary, ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom, hip hop & more.

Passion for learning is contagious

Young children are greatly influenced by their environment. That’s why, at db studios, we make a love of learning contagious for our students. We look for teachers who are enthusiastic about continuing their own education, and who are passionate about seeking better ways to facilitate and inspire learning for students with many different types of learning styles. We believe that teachers who find joy in the pursuit of their own professional growth not only inspire our students but foster a love of learning as well.

Improve student outcomes

The dance world is constantly evolving with new styles and methods developing each year. As a discipline it’s important that teachers stay up to date on current trends, choreography styles, teaching techniques and more in order to stay competitive. The dance world is one that evolves so rapidly that continuing education affords us as teachers more effective ways to reach our students. Yet far too many studios still use outdated, ineffective teaching and assessment methods.

Injury prevention

Staying on top of new teaching techniques ensures that teachers are on top of injury prevention. In this day and age dancers are learning much more difficult tricks, jumps, and turns at an earlier age and are therefor more prone to injury. Staying on top of the newest injury prevention methods is of the utmost importance to ensure the longevity of our dancers.


Learn more about some of the top professionals in the field that were at The Dance Teacher Summit 2019 in NYC

Al Blackstone- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdq1LE2CtYY

Mia Michaels-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ-1cq8ibwg

Ray Leeper- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3gQbZIzRZg

Denise Wall- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU56RzAJoAg

Rhonda Miller- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23zt24CfHYY

Boost your child's development

Improving Physical Development

So you want to nail this whole parenting thing, but often feel overwhelmed by it all. We’ve created some fun and simple activities that you and your child can explore together, to help boost their development! Remember that being a parent is a wild ride and we have tons of resources to help you feel more confident!

Gross and fine motor skills, balance and eye-hand coordination are necessary for many tasks from writing to athletic abilities and more. The earlier you engage with your child’s physical development the better!

When your toddler is involved in physical activity, he/she is exercising many parts of the brain and enhancing brain function. Even the smallest muscle exercises like finger plays stimulate brain growth and improve development.

1.) Bubble time!

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Let your little one chase the bubbles that you make. Bubbles are fascinating, and chasing and popping them are a ton of fun! You can use a big wand, and then a small wand to make her see the difference between big and small bubbles.

Try making shapes as the blow the bubbles and ask your child to say the names with you. Create a circle of bubbles for them to run through, zig zag lightning bubbles, ocean wave bubbles…… get creative!

This game stimulates your child’s senses, and their body movement makes this a wonderful activity for exercises their gross motor skills.

2.) Play the freeze game!

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A great indoor (make sure you have enough space) and outdoor activity that will get your child moving, following directions, and improving their fine/gross motor skills! This game is not only great physical exercise but an incredible mind body connection game.

Start the game by giving your child a task like (move like a frog) and tell them that while the music is playing you must keep moving/dancing like a frog, and as as soon as the music stops, they must FREEZE! You should keep giving them new ways of moving each time you pause the music, and make sure to get silly and creative!

Some of our favorites are: become a sloth and move in slow mo, roll on the floor like a rollie pollie ollie, jump around the floor is on fire! and move like the waves of the ocean. Bonus points for joining in on the fun and dancing around with your kids!

3.) Sing along time!

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Learning with and interacting with music has a lot of benefits to the growing brain. Benefits including spatial-temporal reasoning, promoting language acquisition, listening skills, memory improvement, motor skills and more! Musical experiences integrate different skills simultaneously, thereby developing multiple brain connections. 

Sing nursery rhymes to your toddler or use a song from one of their favorite movies. Use hand movements, gestures, and clapping while singing. You can even create a bit of “choreography” for children ages 3+ where you take the chorus of a song and make up a series of movements that you repeat each time the chorus is played!

For those aged 3 and under use simple nursery rhymes like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Row your boat, Itsy Bitsy Spider, If You’re Happy and You Know It, and Wheels on the Bus and more!

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes is an especially good options for teaching children anatomy (you can point to the body parts while singing) in a fun and exciting way!



Congratulations!! You’ve just found three fun things you can do with your children that are:

~Free

~Easy

~Educational

~Promote family/child bonding

~Improve child development

Remember that you are capable, strong, and have us here at db rooting you on. Keep an eye out for more content and video coming soon!

-Kendall

Bride’s Guide | What to wear for the first dance

Consider wearing a dance heel

Consider purchasing a dance heel for your first dance and reception. Unlike regular high heels, a dance shoe is more flexible, having a padded, suede sole for better mobility and leather straps to secure your feet. A dance heel is both beautiful and comfortable, and will keep you dancing until the wee hours of the morning!

Find a store near you to try on a pair.

Bustle your Dress A bustle lifts and consolidates the train of your gown, so that it no longer falls on the floor. A seamstress adds buttons, hooks or ribbons into the dress to make it easier for you to move around after the ceremony.During your dance and reception you will be stepping backwards and a long train can be cumbersome or may cause you to trip.

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Wear the right bra and practice in it Dangling bra straps and pulling up a dress is never a good look. Make sure you choose a bra that properly supports you, so that you're not tugging or pulling up on your dress while you're dancing. Be sure to practice in your bra during your lessons. Is it comfortable? Can you move freely?